"I will nurture you and your family while you rest, recover and bond with your new baby or babies. I want to help you adjust to the many changes and challenges you will encounter during the fourth trimester. It is my belief that when you have support, you will feel confident in your parenting and your growing family will flourish."
As your postpartum doula, Karen Kelly can assist you with the practical, emotional, and informational support families need during the first 12 weeks with a new baby. That support will look different for each family and what she does each day will change according to your specific needs but her goal is always to promote parent/infant bonding, rest, and healing while creating balance and organization in the home.
She is proud to be a DONA International trained postpartum doula. Their mission, “a doula for everyone who wants one” is a guiding principle for her. Karen believes that every family deserves to be cared for during the fourth trimester, whether a traditional, non-traditional, or adoptive family.
"It is my privilege to help guide you through those first weeks at home with your new baby and my joy to witness your journey."
It is also worth noting that Karen has a passion for whole foods cooking. She knows how important tasty whole food is to health and healing and one of her favorite parts of caring for postpartum families is preparing them warm, nourishing, and easily replicated meals when requested.
When she is not providing postpartum support, you can find her at home in Ellicott City, MD with her husband, Tom and elderly dog, Stella. She is a mother to three amazing young adult children. She is most likely working in her garden, reading, volunteering, vacationing in Maine, or listening to a birth podcast!
Karen Kelly has been doing this work professionally for 2 years and has worked with 15 families. She also volunteered at Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital in their Neonatal Transitional Unit Cuddler program for several years. She has also worked as a substitute preschool teacher in Columbia, so is great with kids.
Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from St.
Mary's College of Maryland
DONA International trained Postpartum Doula
Member - DONA International
Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
Red Cross Certified in First Aid/CPE/AED
Reviews of Karen Kelly:
"Karen is such a natural kind hearted, and empathetic person. She helped us all acclimate to being a family of 5, provided space for me to process the wild birth and ensured we stayed nourished.
I always felt more human after she was here. I couldn’t think of a better person as a postpartum doula! Bonus is she’s an amazing cook!" - Vanessa M.
"Karen has been an incredible support throughout my postpartum period. She answered my questions and reassured me when I was doubting myself as a new mom. Her support made breastfeeding easier, which can be challenging for a new mom. She helped me through many sleepless nights by taking care of my newborn, while I was taking napping. She is not only an amazing postpartum doula but, a friend, sister and a family.
She was very flexible with her time and our need. Having a baby during COVID-19 period can be stressful and scary, but Karen was taking all the preventative measures needed to keep me and my family safe. We truly appreciate her and love her. For families who are expecting, she will be a great support." - Yordanos E.
"Karen gave my husband and I us a level of confidence caring for our newborn that we didn’t have before. She also provided me with extremely helpful breastfeeding support, which had reassured me that I’m nursing my baby well according to his nutrition needs. Due to COVID and family being in different states we really appreciated having her in our life especially when we needed it most.
She always provides affirmation that we were doing a great job even when we didn’t feel like it." - Ashley W.
Karen Kelly's Postpartum Doula Services:
Nurturing you and your family as a Postpartum Doula
Caring for a newborn is hard work. Whether it is all new to you, or you have other kids and just need a break, we're there. The Womb Room Doulas in Baltimore are equipped and eager to serve you by helping pick up where you've left off.
Let us take the edge off by holding and caring for the baby or older siblings, cleaning up the home, running errands, or spending the night so you can get some much needed rest. Contact us to set up a no obligation phone interview or visit.
Here are some of the ways Postpartum Doulas from The Womb Room can help you:
Phone/text support during contracted hours.
Customized hours based on your families needs.
Option to extend contract at any time.
Information/resources for parents as needed.
Car Seat safety education.
Physical and emotional support for mother/family.
Light house work, if requested.
Light meal prep for mother and family, if requested. (Whole foods cooking is a passion of Kelly's!)
Care for infant(s) while mother/parents nap, shower, etc.
Wash & fold baby laundry, if needed.
Run small errands for mother.
Accompany mother to physician appointments to help with infant or siblings (useful for pediatric appointments).
Providing infant care education.
Postpartum Doula Support Packages
You can hire Karen Kelly as a Postpartum Doula, generally for 4 hours at a time. Below are some popular packages.
Contact us for a custom quote, to discuss your particular needs, or to schedule interviews of postpartum Doulas.